At Cambridge, you study the medical sciences first, before learning to apply that knowledge to medical practice as a clinical student.
The first three years are taught through lectures, practical classes (including dissections) and supervisions, with typically 20-25 timetabled teaching hours each week. Lectures and practicals are organized by the Faculty, and supervisions are organized by and take place in your college. The emphasis during the Clinical Studies in Cambridge is on learning in clinical settings: at the bedside, in outpatient clinics and in GP surgeries, which is supported by seminars, tutorials and discussion groups. Students focus on clinical aspects of medicine in years 4-6.
The public expect their doctors to be knowledgeable and well informed so assessment plays a significant role throughout. Your on-going progress is reviewed weekly and termly by your College supervisors. Formal assessment, which determines your ability to proceed with the course, includes written and practical examinations, coursework submission and clinical assessments.
Successful completion of the first three years leads to a BA degree and on successful completion of the Clinical Studies in Cambridge you are awarded two degrees, the Bachelor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BChir).
At Homerton we offer 6 places per year to study Medicine. We are the closest college to Addenbrookes’ Hospital, where our students undertake much of their clinical training, so we are ideally located. We also offer our students accommodation on site for all 6 years of their studies in Cambridge.
Much of the teaching on the medicine course is done in lectures and practicals or at Addenbrookes, but the teaching components of the course that take place at Homerton are the supervisions in the first 2-3 years, usually in groups of 2-3 students. Our supervisors are often world experts in their field, and during your time at Homerton you’ll get to meet and learn from many different enthusiasts, all of whom are very approachable. And in addition to supervisions, at Homerton we have a strong medical community across all levels of training and expertise, so there is always someone to ask for advice whatever your level or your interests.
During your time at Homerton you’ll be guided by a Director of Studies. For the first three years, that’s Dr Julia Kenyon (who’ll also supervise you for the MIMS course). During your first year at Homerton, Julia will help advise you on how best to adjust to the pace of work and life at Cambridge. During your second and third years, she’ll review your progress with you and help you to make decisions over subject choices for your Part II (third year). In years 4-6, Dr Rachel Williams or Dr Mark Manford will be your Director of studies, and will help review your progress as well as help you to make career decisions. We want our students to have fun and so we arrange evenings out to socialize, as well as pizza nights in college. Once a year, we have a Medicine dinner to which we invite our entire Homerton medical community, from our first year students, to Dame Sally Davies, who is one of our Fellows.
We encourage our students to work together to solve problems, and are a very collaborative community. Although our medical students are loaned a half skeleton each in their first year to help them with their understanding of the FAB course, we also have a separate medical resources room, containing anatomical models and skeletons, in which our students can work together to solidify their understanding. Our Homerton library is also well stocked with text books and further recommended references for the medical course, so students don’t need to purchase their own books.
Applicants for Medicine will take a pre-interview assessment (BMAT) in their schools or colleges in the October of the year of application. Further information about the date, format and content for this assessment is available here.
For those studying A levels, the standard offer for Medicine is A*A*A. Most successful applicants are studying 3 Science/Maths subjects, and Chemistry is essential. For the IB the offer is 40-42 pts with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects (and the subject requirement is the same). At interview we are looking for students with clear interest in the medical sciences, who can think logically and learn quickly. You’ll need to be able to recognize ethical dilemmas and discuss them with insight and empathy. You’ll also need to demonstrate that you’ve considered your choice of course and career carefully.